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Look out America: Science & Faith aren’t the only items that Irish pop-rockers The Script plan to bring across the pond. Apparently in addition to the group’s music, Ireland’s famed brown bread is also in high demand.

“Honestly, when I go to my friend over in Boston, I have to bring it over,” admitted drummer Glen Power on “The Ralphie Radio Show” when the three Irishmen sat down to chat. “I have to be praying that they don’t take it off me when we go through (Customs), you know when you go through and they have the dogs, and you have to declare (items).”

Power revealed that he’s successfully smuggled the bread in 100% of the time – although he might have just jinxed himself on that one. Then again, the band seems to be jinx-free amidst a whirlwind ride from three guys living near the Guinness brewery to a successful band touring the globe. But front man Danny O’Donoghue doesn’t find that scary. The Script’s new-found relationship with U2 – different story.

“That’s a frightening thought,” O’Donoghue responded to my observation that the band which The Script grew up listening to knows of the three fellas – even inviting them on tour as a supporting act. “To think that people that have been on your home page or your iTunes or people that you’ve got in your own library – actually know you…”


Even Bono’s daughter, Eve Hewson, has worked with the band. Hewson plays the lead character in The Script’s “For the First Time” music video – which is the lead single from the band’s sophomore album. Guitarist Mark Sheehan says Science & Faith is based on not using one to explain the other, and vice versa.

“I think most people will think because we’re Irish that we’re writing about religion when we say faith, and we’re not,” Sheehan attempted to clarify. “We’re talking about the politics of the heart… a relationship always comes with its miscommunications.”

Sheehan noted that the theme wasn’t restrained to any particular type of bond or gender – although he admitted the title track originally stemmed from a real-life argument with his wife. O’Donoghue says that the band’s relationships inspiring songs is nothing new.

“If you find a song that you really believe in, lyrically you believe in, you listen to it and go, ‘Wow, they are really through some stuff,’” the front man said. “I’ve definitely heard other people who haven’t lived through heartbreak and wrote a song about it, and it’s just not believable.”

So while some turn their frown upside down, The Script turns its heartbreak in to hit tracks. And judging by the reception, America certainly doesn’t mind any of that coming over the border.

Much is being made in the media over Nick Jonas and his new project: Nick Jonas and The Administration. How successful will they be? Are the Jonas Brothers no more?

The chatter is growing louder after E! News reported that Joe Jonas is now writing songs off on his own, with other musicians that don’t share his last name. However, the man the brothers refer to as “The President” told me exclusively on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that his brother Joe did recently talk shop with one artist – U2 front man Bono.

“The main thing that Bono was saying, was to just be honest with your music,” revealed Nick on his second-hand account of the conversation. “Yunno, when you write your lyrics, write things that are real to you. And don’t be afraid to be too honest.”

It seems the youngest of the 3 musical brothers already picked up on those traits though. Nick wrote a bunch of honest songs – and honestly believed they weren’t for the Jonas Brothers. He told Joe and Kevin how he honestly felt. Now Nick has an honest chance of breaking the stereotypes of an artist cultivated by the Disney machine and to be perceived as well, an honest musician.

Jonas offered up, sorry last time here, honest answers during our conversation, which lasted over 10 minutes. Apparently, the inspiration behind “Stay” – a song written after the initial recording process of the new album – is quite authentic.

“I actually wrote that song in (Washington) D.C. on a day off that we had, a couple weeks ago,” said Jonas. “I was going through some things in my life and that kind of inspired the song and it’s always good when you can pull from real inspiration and real stuff in your life.”

Part 1: Influences – Prince, Stevie Wonder, U2’s Bono

Part 2:
President Obama, Blackberry, “Jersey Shore”, “Stay”

Nick seemed equally surprised and impressed that fans already know the lyrics simply from YouTube videos of the live performances. Jonas said the band recorded a studio version of the track recently in Boston, and that it will see the light of day somehow – possibly in an album repackage or as an iTunes bonus.

It’s also been reported that at one show recently – fellow Disney star Selena Gomez was crying as Jonas played the song. The two were recently photographed together in Chicago and ended up on the front of I reminded Nick that while I’m sure he’d like to keep his personal life just that, he should still be happy that he’s relevant to the point where people care.

“Well, thank you – that’s very, very nice of you to say,” he responded with a chuckle. “Yunno, it is what it is.”

The conversation did not stray from music-related topics often, but the TV show “Jersey Shore” did come up. The Jonas clan was raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Nick heard of the MTV show, but has not seen an episode.

“I did see the YouTube video of Snooki, I believe it is, getting punched in the face,” he admitted. “For me personally, I feel like, coming from New Jersey, and going from that area, which, if you’re from that area, you just know that that’s kind of what it’s like. And so for people across the U.S., they’re thinking, ‘Wow, this is crazy, I’ve never seen this.’ But for me, it was like, ‘Man, that’s home.’”

Jonas still has a couple friends from Seaside Heights.

That album by the way, Who I Am, hits stores February 2. Jonas is in the midst of a 22 date-tour – a trek that he admits is much more scaled down in venue size and production from the massive schedules he embarked on with his brothers. Nick says it’s not a coincidence – as the group tries to center each performance on the music itself.

“This project in particular for me was about just being able to express myself as an artist and as a musician,” he said. “Hopefully, people will respond well to it.”